I was making a delicious batch of tamales with jalapenos and cheese as per my usual Christmas festivities. I didn’t have access to any gloves and hours later put some contact lenses in which of course burned the hell out of my eyes.
I tried to use these same contact lenses weeks later and unfortunately, they still burn my eyes. They are kind of expensive because they are custom manufactured for my astigmatism and I am loathe to toss them out.
Is there any way that I can dilute the capsaicin to some tolerable level? Would soaking each of them in a gallon of water for a couple of days help?
I understand that casein binds to fat molecules and somehow will reduce the effects of capsaicin but soaking them in milk doesn’t sound like a particularly safe way to store one’s contacts.
What’s the straight dope? By the way, these are soft contact lenses.